Disneyland Halloween Time, known as Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, begins on September 15th, 2017, and the first Mickey’s Halloween Party takes place on Friday September 20th, 2017. I’m excited to share 20 things about Disneyland Halloween Time since our family had such a great experience there awhile back. Disneyland during the holidays is something that shouldn’t be missed by any Disney fan.
It’s important to understand the difference between “Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort” and “Mickey’s Halloween Party”. If you visit the parks anytime between September 15th and October 31st, you’ll experience “Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort”. This includes:
- Beautiful, fun, and festive fall décor all around the Disneyland Resort
- Show some jack-o-lantern love with a stroll through our annual Main Street, U.S.A. Pumpkin Festival, a dreadfully delicious display of one-of-a-kind, hand-carved pumpkins!
- Experience a traditional Dia de los Muertos skeleton display, face painting and deliciously spirited Mexican treats in Frontierland.
- Updated for 2017: As Halloween Time falls upon the Disneyland Resort, Oogie Boogie has risen from the shadows to take over Disney California Adventure Park.
- Demanding that Halloween lasts forever, Oogie Boogie’s oversized silhouette beckons Guests through the Main Entrance as thousands of bats cover the night sky.
- Heed the Headless Horseman statue… its menacing presence on Buena Vista Street is simply spine-chilling.
- Hold onto your hats as swarms of black bats coil ‘round Carthay Circle’s Bell Tower
- Get revved when Haul-O-Ween bombards Cars Land and turns Radiator Springs into Radiator Screams!
- Bump into your fave Cars’ characters as they strike a pose in hilarious Halloween cars-tumes—see super hero Lightning, van-pire Mater and more!
- Go for a spellbinding spin on Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree—both are decked out with new howliday-themed music and décor!
- Special food dishes and treats at various eateries around the Resort
- Special holiday makeovers for Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain
- Hop a broom and head to the Haunted Mansion Holiday, a Halloween Town fantasy featuring Pumpkin King Jack Skellington and the crypt-astic cast of characters from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.
- Take a fright flight into the unknown while dodging scary monsters and super-creepy, super-freaky phantasms on Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy!
- Some opportunities for villain appearances around the park. We had a GREAT meeting with Cruella De Vil.
- Seasonal Disney’s Happiest Haunts Tour is offered through Disneyland Park. (additional fee)
- Guests of the Disneyland hotels can order an Mickey’s Spooktacular In-Room Celebration replete with startling surprises, gory goodies and tomb-tastic treats.
Mickey’s Halloween Party is a ticketed celebration that requires you to buy an additional ticket. The party takes place in the Disneyland Park on certain 2017 dates (Sept 20, 22, 25, 27, 29, Oct 3, 6, 10, 9, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31, 2017). The tickets are $95-$120 depending on the date of the party if you buy the day of.
- On some party dates you can save money by purchasing your party tickets online in advance. Annual Passholders receive a discount on party tickets. Some party dates do sell out so I recommend advance purchase.
The Mickey’s Halloween Party has a few perks that you will not be able to enjoy at Disneyland Halloween Time unless you pay for and attend the party:
- Party guests can enter the parks (Disneyland Park and California Adventure) three hours before the party starts. This is a good way to save buying an extra day on your ticket (parkhopper) and still enjoy the parks. You’ll receive wristbands that identify you as Mickey’s Halloween Party guests. When the party starts (6pm/7pm) the cast members will begin moving non-party guests out of the park. You’ll have to be ready to show your wristband during this short period.
- Mickey’s Halloween Party has special “treat trails” where your kids (and adults) can load up on goodies. It’s important to understand that these “treat trails” are trails of multiple candy stations. You can ask for healthy snacks too which include apple slices, carrots, and dried fruit. A trail can have something like 5 treat stations, so visiting 5 treat trails could be like visiting 25 “houses”.
- New for 2017: Frightfully Fun Parade – watch as Disney’s trickiest tricksters march down Main Street. This parade is ONLY during Mickey’s Halloween Party.
- Halloween Screams fireworks are amazing and only shown during the Mickey’s Halloween Party. If you enjoy fireworks displays, I highly recommend you get a spot in front of the castle (make sure you can see the space to the direct upper left of the castle) to enjoy the show. There are special projections on the castle during this show.
- Special character photo opportunities are offered during the party. This is a great opportunity to get photos with characters you wouldn’t typically see in the parks. Great for those character/autograph hunters.
- Dance party with lively music and great activities for the whole family, along with the chance to eat, drink and be (not so) scary throughout the park.
- Updated for 2017: Free Disney PhotoPass! Disney PhotoPass photos captured during the event can be downloaded from your Disney account as many times as you want, for 45 days after capture.
- Dinner Package at Blue Bayou
- What’s Included: A 3-course, prix-fixe dinner (starter, entrée and dessert) at the Blue Bayou Restaurant and a voucher that provides access to the Frightfully Fun Parade reserved viewing area
- Price: $69 per adult and $29 per child, plus tax and gratuity (discounts do not apply)
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Final notes & tips based on our experience:
- Lines for treat trails look long, but move fairly quickly. However, the character photo op lines were so long that we chose to skip those.
- Don’t expect to do everything. No matter how hard you go, don’t expect to do all the treat trails, all the characters, all the dance parties, the parade and the fireworks. You’ll have to pick and choose.
- Bring your own treat bag if you want to really hit the treat trails…the ones they provide aren’t that large.
- Some of the rides have short wait times later in the night.
- You do not have to be in a costume for the party. Our daughters were in costumes, but William and I did not wear costumes. We did not feel out of place by not being dressed up.
- People have differing opinions about how “busy” the parties are. This depends highly on when you attend (many of the Friday dates are already sold out) and also your own personal definition of “crowded”.
Feel free to ask me any questions about Disneyland Halloween Time and I’ll do my best to answer. Have any of you experienced Disneyland Halloween Time?